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My '72 442 convertible has developed some problems with both door latching and locking. By eyeballing the situation, I suspect that 31-year old door hinges are allowing excessive door sag. Does anyone have experience with the door repair kits (new pivot pins and bushings) or complete new hinge assemblies, both of which are available? What were the results? Did you do it yourself or have a body shop do it? Removing a door is pretty scary sounding with a big heavy door.
 

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Removing a door is simple and easy. Any shmuck with a wrench or ratchet can do it.

Get a bud to come by and help, or use a hydraulic jack and a 2x4 to support the underside of the door. If it has electric windows or locks disconnect the wires from the switches. Take the bolts out and put the door in a safe place, its easy don't be afraid, it won't bite you, unless of course your at my house. Everything bites here.

Your problem might be easier to solve. By loosening the bolts in the door with it supported by a friend you can adjust the height of the door. With a slight adjustment you might solve your problem. If not new hinges are just a few bolts and final adjusting to replace. The pins will require you to press the pins out either using a hydraulic press (easiest) or old fashion hammer. Just support the hinge and leave the pin unsupported, either press or pound the pin out and do the reverse to install it. Its very simple, just a bit of work. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.

HK

[ April 12, 2003: Message edited by: Halloweenking ]</p>
 
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As usual, Halloweenking is right. I would, if it was mine, just go ahead and replace the hinges. Not that big of a deal. Just make sure you have someone there to help you muscle the door around. Usually you can tell where the new hinges need to be, or close enough to start, from where the old ones are. Good luck
 

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I recently replaced the door pins on my 1979 dodge truck it was no big project just an hour or so. I got a friend and a jack to help with the door weight that was it. Nothing serious.
 

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A previous owner of my 70 nova welded hinges on the car :mad: and when I close the driver door I have to push the door down versus lifting it up, and when it does close the door is lower than the body line on the quarter. How do I get the door to line up AND close all the way.
 
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